I think it’s going to be a short weekly blog for you this week. It’s just been a bit of a non-week, really, with work and relaxing being at the top of my agenda, nothing particularly blog-worthy I’m afraid. But there are a couple of things I did want to share, including the date of my next television appearance (!), and why I’ll be walking a little bit of Shetland’s coastline on Sunday – virtually, of course.
We are getting very close indeed to the Winter Solstice, the shortest day… it’s okay, the days will start getting longer soon! I’m doing my best not to wish the days away, but it’s tough not to want 2020 to be over already, isn’t it?! Ah well…
Life in Tier 2
Gloucestershire, where I live, moved into the new Tier 2 this week. And yes, I’m afraid I was one of those people who planned ahead and booked a table at our go-to burger restaurant for Thursday evening. As I’ve mentioned before, eating out is one of our favourite ways to spend an evening, and we have genuinely missed it when the restaurants have been closed.
Unfortunately, my family are in Tier 3 which means I can’t go and visit them yet, and I’m not sure yet what the Christmas Bubbles will mean for our family Christmas traditions, but as with everyone else in the country I will just have to wait and see.
I am so very grateful that the outdoors is still very much open, meaning I can get out and walk. It might have turned very cold, and the days might be very short, but walking in the countryside is absolutely my sanity at the moment. I wish I had more time and energy to get out more, but what I have been able to do is making all the difference.
Finishing a Challenge
I might not have set myself any kind of challenge this year (read my post about toxic positivity and self-care), but I am super proud of friends who have set themselves big goals. One such person is the amazing Brynn, who set himself the target to push himself 1,679 miles in his wheelchair, which is the equivalent to circumnavigating his home island, Shetland.
Brynn (together with his family) is a fellow Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champion, and I have been super proud watching him rack up the miles over the last few months. At the time of writing he had just 39 miles left to push, which is phenomenal.
We’ve all been invited to walk/run/push the final 5km with him on Sunday (13 December), and I’ll certainly be doing that here in Gloucestershire. I’ll do my best to imagine that I’m walking a tiny bit of the Shetland coastline up on Cleeve Hill. We’re all hoping for decent weather to help Brynn finish his challenge in style, but we’ll take what we’re given… Follow Breaking Down Barriers with Brynn for more information and to let him know you’ll be joining in.
Brynn is using his challenge to raise money for Ability Shetland, who helped him rediscover the great outdoors thanks to a fabulous all terrain Mountain Trike, which is a really fantastic bit of kit. He’s already raised nearly £5,500 – you can read the full story on Brynn’s JustGiving page.
My Five Minutes of Fame
A little while ago I received a phone call from ITV to let me know my face will be adorning the telly box again this autumn. Apologies. They are reusing some of the footage from an interview I did with my good friend Jenni and Julia Bradbury when we hiked the West Highland Way back in 2017 in the new hiking focused series For the Love of Britain.
Julia and her team joined us for a morning on our long-distance hike to record footage for Britain’s Favourite Walks. We met at Glencoe Mountain Centre and hiked through that view of Buachaille Etive Mor to Kingshouse, stopping a few times along the way to chat all things hiking, Scotland and spending time outdoors. I remember that strange day like it was yesterday, and am looking forward to reminding myself even more of the fabulous time Jenni and I had on that hike next week.
If you fancy watching, For the Love of Britain, the Scotland episode, will be on ITV1 on Tuesday 15 December at 7.30pm. And if you fancy reading a bit about how the day was behind the scenes, I shared this blog post when the interview originally aired.
The Christmas Movie Marathon Continues
I was accused of peaking too early on the Christmas movie front, by watching Home Alone on the first Sunday of Advent (read weekly blog 46). But it’s okay, there are still plenty more classics left… This week I thoroughly enjoyed The Holiday, The Muppets Christmas Carol, and Scrooged – all great feel good easy-watches for the festive season.
Rotten Tomatoes says that the best Christmas Movie of all time is It’s a Wonderful Life, closely followed by A Charlie Brown Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street (the 1947 version, of course). I reckon I’ll start with those this week… What is on your must-watch list?
As always, I would really love to hear from you in the comments below. Tell me something about your week…